For years, the old-fashioned technique of stealing wallets from people's pockets was the major cause of ID theft, but that has now become an outdated technique.. Nowadays, more complex methods are used to gain access to a person's personal data which is then used unscrupulously to commit crimes such as fraud. An identity thief may steal your personal data by gaining access to your computer and from there to your records from your employer let's say or even bribing an employee who can make your records available to him. Dishonest employees can obtain social security numbers or other data in the workplace by having access to personal files, or by hacking into a bank's database. In a recent case, a dishonest employee had unlimited access to a storage room where past payroll info was filed. She obtained the social security numbers of over 100 current and former employess and used them to obtain credit in her name.
Stealing your bank statements from your mailbox is "Mail Theft", and going through your litter bin for bank statements is called "Dumpster Diving" - not to mention phishing - the creation of a fake website resembling a real one and asking for personal data.
Since I was a victim of identity theft on the Internet, I have decided to take some measures against hackers:
1. I have installed a stronger firewall
2. I have safely encrypted all my personal data, bank statements and credit cards.
3. I created a complicated password to have access to my computer which I stored in my head.
4. I use a hide-my-ip software programme whenever I visit crowded websites or social forums.
Have you ever been victims of identity theft online? How do you protect your personal data?